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ANIMALISTIC FITNESS is devoted to developing real world functional strength, endurance, and stamina with minimal equipment at minimal cost. No gym fees, no fancy equipment, and no excuses. We provide proven ways to get into great shape efficiently and effectively in any environment.

We know that this system works because it is the same system that we have implemented to maintain peak physical and mental readiness for arduous training and deployment cycles throughout our careers in special operations.

Our challenge is for you is to emerge victorious in life, your sport, or combat. This training system is designed with these goals in mind to help you function better no matter the endeavor!


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This is a no nonsense approach to physical and mental conditioning proven time and time again to deliver amazing results. Whether you want to burn off excess fat, build functional strength, improve athletic performance, and develop unrelenting stamina and endurance, our physical training system delivers. There is nothing being reinvented here, nor do we claim to have discovered “secret” training techniques that will magically get you the results that you want.

If you want results, you have to put in the work. The workouts in our physical training program available on this site were intelligently created based upon personal experiences and proven training principles and techniques that have shaped the physical and mental training of this nation’s elite warriors. As in every area of life, you get what you put in. You have to TRAIN HARD TO BE HARD!










Thomas C has honorably served his country for over 15 years in a career in special operations. He has successfully completed some of the toughest schools and courses in the US military and served in multiple combat tours in various theaters of war in support of the Global War On Terrorism.

Thomas C has utilized his experiences throughout his career in special operations to help develop a comprehensive and cost effective physical readiness program that can be performed in any environment with minimal equipment. Thomas C is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and continues to seek out new and improved ways to test and implement the most up to date physical training methods.



Joel served in the United States Navy as a SEAL medic.  While on active duty he deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pacific theaters.   Joel is the co-founder of Animalistic Fitness headquartered in San Diego, CA.  Animalistic Fintess was born in the SEAL teams out of the necessity for real world functional fitness, regardless of the environment or the training facility.  Animalistic Fitness allowed Joel to be one of the most operationally fit SEAL’s on his team and his fitness would prove life saving while deployed to the Middle East.  Joel is a firm believer in mental tuffness; anything can be accomplished if you discipline your mind to accomplish the task at hand.

Additionally, Joel is an independent contractor for Trident Group, a Virginia Beach company that specializes in anti-piracy operations off the horn of Africa.  He is a member of Procinctu Group, focusing on acquisitions and business development.  Joel is also a primary instructor for STAG, a leadership development program at Kudos.  

Joel has traveled extensively in his career, visiting or living in over forty five countries.  In his travels he developed a fitness program specifically designed to meet the challenges of the traveling professional. Utilizing hotel rooms, ship cabins and local parks to create quick and intense functional workouts.  The beauty of Animalistic Fitness is that it can be done anytime and anywhere with the materials around you.  Joel has run several marathons and finished 1st in a 50 mile ultra marathon in the mountains of Northern California.   Forging an elite level of fitness forces you to discipline your mind which creates mental tuffness and drive, those qualities expand and enrich all areas of your life.  Whether its climbing a mountain or climbing the corporate ladder, Animalistic Fitness not only trains your body but also your mind for the uncertainties of everyday life.

Joel has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from National University.   A Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University, a internationally recognized and ranked MBA program.  Lastly, Joel is continuing his education with a Doctorate in Educational leadership and Management from Drexel University beginning in September of 2012.